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Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival 2024

Hanami season occurs at Auburn Botanic Gardens every August

Dates: August 17–25, 2024

Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival
Auburn Garden

The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival is held for just two weeks each year when the Cherry Blossom trees, also known as 'Sakura,' are in full bloom. This captivating sight draws thousands across Australia to the Japanese garden within the Auburn Botanic Gardens near Sydney. Renowned as the Council's most popular festival, it attracts over 100,000 people. The festival spans nine days, with two weekends dedicated to festival activation, showcasing a diverse range of performances, demonstrations, and activities for all to enjoy.

Events & Activities

During the Cherry Blossom Festival at Auburn Gardens, visitors can immerse themselves in a variety of ticketed Japanese-themed events and attractions. Guests have the opportunity to embark on a self-guided stroll through the captivating Japanese Gardens while enjoying live music and dance performances on the festival's stage. Additionally, poetry readings, Shinto meditation sessions, and appearances by Japanese pop culture characters contribute to the festival's unique atmosphere. For those seeking more hands-on experiences, there are activities such as a 9-hole Harajuku-inspired golf course, origami workshops, hula hoop workshops, and Japanese fusion dance demonstrations.


The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival also features plenty of food trucks. Culinary demonstrations are offered by celebrity chefs and Japanese food joints. Izakaya Bar provides Japanese craft beers and sake made from cherry petals. At Japanese Food Village, you will try pink cherry blossoms-themed food and Japanese fusion food dishes.

Location & Transportation

Auburn Botanic Gardens are located 14 miles (22 km) away from Syndey. For attendees using public transportation, complimentary shuttle buses will operate between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm on festival days, connecting Auburn Train Station to Auburn Botanic Gardens. Parking options are also available on Tavistock Avenue and Killeen Street, both just a 5-minute walk from the venue. Access to the festival drop zone is through Killeen Street, Auburn.

History of the Festival

In Japan, the Cherry Blossom season is celebrated with Hanami events, which translate to "flower watching." This tradition can take various forms, from leisurely strolls in the park to picnics with family and friends. Participants enjoy delicious food and drinks while surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the pink cherry blossom trees.

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